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Grateful Dead Live at Miami Arena on 1989-10-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Miami Arena on 1989-10-26

Topics Live concert

Foolish Heart, Little Red Rooster, Stagger Lee, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Victim Or The Crime, Don't Ease Me In Estimated Prophet-> Blow Away, Dark Star-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> All Along The Watchtower-> Stella Blue-> Not Fade Away, E: We Bid You Good Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Miami Arena
Location Miami, FL

Source Soundboard - Set 2 only
Lineage SBD -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Charlie Miller


SBD -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN
Set 2 only.

Converted By Charlie Miller


Reviewer: the_luv_lite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2016
Subject: NO, YOU CAN'T FLY!
Hi to reviewer rhedda.



once in a lifetime experience to say the least.
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2015
Subject: Dark Star & Dark Ness

One of the late-Brent era's most-discussed Dark Stars at a show (in yet another now-demolished arena) that in the following months was discussed on Shakedown Street in heavier tones ("it was really weird"; "they're going really dark these days"; "people just freaked out, man"). It became a popular tape just for the curiosity. As a result, looks like some now ticklist it as the best Dark Star of the late-Brent era or even of the late 80s & the 90s. Does it compare to 3/29/90, 9/20/90, or 3/30/94?

Starting the First Set, Jer stretches Foolish Heart, trying to whip it into shape, and the band warms, making the final couple minutes decent. They get comfortable with the groove on Little Red Rooster and sit on it for 9 minutes. This is the era where Bobby gave some of it to Brent. Brown Eyed may be 89's best.

After that short set, the second set is likewise a bit rough overall. In passing the tapes along, fellow Heads were saying things like "here's Miami, it's that one that was kinda dark and edgy". But this isn't the only late Brent-era show where I recall people saying that - even before the sheets came off Dawk Staw. In retrospect the band was shifting around pretty rapidly between spring '89 and summer '90 and mixing it up some. It's not really that dark to listen to at home but people that were there certainly described that way (as well as several other shows that autumn) and had an experience, so it's not just historical revision. Estimated is epic but draggy and sort of spit out. Jer tries to grab it from Bobby and go but it never does gel and, with plenty of minor notes and ominous synth, starts to set a darker tone. That sort of thing was so contagious, with many people sort of wondering, "what's going on? Or is it just me?". But of course there's nothing going on. It's just that the same thing that allows sweetness and light accommodates other shades, right? It's a law from the universe. Humans can tap the energy but to the universe we're an unimportant blip, so why deign to claim we're the energy masters? Isn't that just hubris? Perhaps it would not have seemed so dark if it had been played better; i.e. a simpler, unmetaphysical conjecture on this show: you can hear band frustration in places. In Blow Away Brent goes all-in but it still doesn't gel (Blow Aways get much better in Spring '90). Granted the SBD has a poor mix here. Given those set openers, it was a perfect idea for Jer to fling out the four opening notes of Dark Star, the single song for which this show seems to be known (and which would also get better in Spring '90, e.g. 3/29/90; and for one of the best of the four 89s check 12/31/89 or 10/9/89). But it's not that it's the best version, it's the mini-Space jam into Drums that went further out than usual and not the Dark Star per se. You can hear the boys just smirking, going, "yup, this is where it was going, so let's just strap in". And where they went we went by default. Faustian sometimes? Perhaps; all part of the bus ride. Parts are pretty good but, at 26 minutes, there are long stretches that are meh. The segue and Drums are hot (how often did you hear Mickey charge the crowd loud enough to be heard on the SBD?). With Space compelling hundreds to leave the venue, what's that tell you? > They failed the test: no" rel="nofollow">graduation certificate. The Wheel is a long time coming, for several minutes at the end of Space. In All Along The Watchtower Bobby slurs the verses like he's eating lunch. Jer almost always did justice to it in the late Brent era but it's Bobby that adds the more-than-usual in the last minute with a dueling weave. It's Brent, however, that makes Stella stand.

1st Set:  B-
2nd Set: C
Overall: 3 Stars

Little Red Rooster
Brown Eyed Women
Dark Star segue into Drums

SOURCES: The are a million sources for this show, like many from this era; lots of archivist enthusiasm and investment. The best overall 1st Set is miller.20614 but because of dropouts you'll want the cribbs.1829 for Foolish, LLR, & Big River and probably the last two because the segue into Dough Knees is oddly abrupt on the Miller. The cribbs titles don't match the content because Uncle and Big River are one track. For Set 2, the best is the miller18664. The tetzeli34587 is the two Miller sets combined. The millers are a little too sweetened with EQ and could use a noise reduction pass in places but the clarity seems a little better overall.
tthrockm- Are you that guy that used to bum people out by sanctimoniously telling everybody that they were ruining your scene; east coast shows, ca. late 80s?
eric - Actually, humans can't hear 10hz tones. Open E on a bass guitar is 41hz (31 on a 5 string, if strung with a low B). Know what you mean though - Phil does his bombs physically and then watches the crowd react!
bonk - Not sure Little Red Rooster, Dough Knees, Big River and BEW are songs about death and destruction...
spacin007 - said it best
Reviewer: Jimmy Warburton - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2012
Subject: Miami Arena 89
I was there, we opted for the big cage parking lot...the alternative parking was very shady... My car got jacked the next week at the golf course.
The lot was fun, Kerry Scolari and I threw the football,with utter precision. The black halfguy amputee on the mechanics creeper outside the venue was memorable. The show was better than the previous few shows (Charlotte NC)
The arena was Full of rookies. But they all left when the "going got weird".
We just turned PRO.
For memories of 1980's shows this was a top 5 for me.

Anyone in South Florida> Miami >Keys... for Dec 21st 2012 feel free to get in touch for consultation.
note ; Big DTB fest on Virginia Key in early Feb.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2012
Subject: --
No long-winded review here, but I'll just say that this is a five-star set for me, or an "A", or whatever you please. Estimated sets this set on a fabulous course through Brent's blues and followed by about two minutes of "alignment" before that truly fantastic Dark Star - all the reviews below on this creation are spot-on; Mickey already the Beam turned on as the jam ends, so really this thing doesn't really end until the Wheel starts. Everything to close is done exceptionally well.

Just melt into that star...
Reviewer: Alpine7784 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2012
Subject: Nice!
Excellent show during the late-80's renaissance. Jer's voice is rough, though.

For scary, try the 3/27/85 Playin' In The Band.
Reviewer: tthrockm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2012
Subject: No More Stoopid Stories, Please
First, this is a great show from a very good year and it reminds me of how lucky I was to see some good shows during my years of seeing shows. However, about half of the reviews here remind me of all the idiots who ruined the scene for everyone else. Maybe there is a forum someplace else for people to reminisce about how hard they partyed in the parking lot or about all of the near-misses they had while tripping or all the fantastic revelations that Jerry helped them to have when he was looking down from the stage and talking to them, directly?
Reviewer: njpg - favorite - October 26, 2011
Subject: No labels,
no track numbers.
Reviewer: Joshua_me - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2010
Subject: The Only Show That Truly *Scared* Me...
I wasn't the same for days after THIS night...

It was more than just sid and good Dead... This show was terrifying. I can remember all my friends asking me if I was "alight" for hours after this show. Truth was, I wasn't...

Over 20 years later, and it might as well have been yesterday. The spirits the band conjured up this night defied definition.

Formless reflections, indeed....
Reviewer: williworx - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2010
Subject: scary Jerry
ive had second set for 20 years now. Now reading reviews my feelings were confirmed. it was scary Jerry. at night this was a spooky desolate tape. blow away was awesome, and kinda scary. i thought the best of the dark stars that year, although Meadowlands incredible, but both better than Hampton. Maybe best Stella ever w/Bob's spooky whale sounds. . Good to see my suspicions confirmed. THe dead could skullfuck ya like no other. I remember 88 and the satellite gun references (by crowd). I remember the "no guns 89 tees. But seriously really cool tape to listen to at night, another good night tape 74 frisco Dark Star morning dew
Reviewer: amaradino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2009
Subject: Happy birthday Indydarkstar
just listening to the show this day in history. dark star unlike anything I've heard. Love charlie miller too. and yes happy birthday to indydarkstar, hope you trip is as great as last years. I'm in btown hit em up.
Reviewer: cringle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2009
Subject: The Last Epic Dark Star
the best modern-era (post Keith) Dark Star.

but not "the 1st DS in 5000 days" as an earlier poster mentions - check out 10/9/89, 12/31/81 and 7/13/84.
Reviewer: rhedda - - April 9, 2009
Subject: It was half way through when she "got it"
1 finger bag of psylisibin taken in first moments of show - shitty seats in the back - moved with my friend and fellow tripee to balcony (rail) - just as drums began for solo into "Space". mushroom started deepest peak - just then SHE, I DIDN'T KNOW WHO, PUT A FIRM AND READY LEFT HAND ON MY SHOULDER AS DID SHE ON THE RIGHT UPON MY FELLOW TRIPEE'S SHOULDER AND WITH A LOUD AND EXCITED YELL DECLARED: "YEAH, YEAH, I GOT IT, I GOT IT", AS THIS AVERAGE SIZED DEAD HEAD DAMSEL TO OUR SHOCK AND WONDERMENT LEAPED AND CLEARED OVER US AND THIS BREAST-HIGH RAIL INTO THE SMOKEFILLED ABYSS OF THE MIAMI ARENA 'SPACE' - PLUMMETING 40 FEET ONTO THE ABSTRACT BLOBBULAR UNDULATION {the crowd) BELOW (by the way, she survived with only a broken leg) - Now I understand well the jealous envy of some long time dead heads who had never seen a lift off into space in such psycadelic sensual clarity as this shit went down- especially after finding out that this GD MIAMI 89, 2000th SHOW @ THE MIAMI ARENA was the first Dead show I had ever been to - I DO understand because immediately after her big leap, this very hairy obvious deadvotee (who was apparantly positioned directly in back of miss jumper), ran forward an d grabbed us both in a big bear huddle hug and began franticly declaring : "DID YOU SEE THAT, I'VE BEEN TO ONE HUNDRED AND --- SHOWS AND I AINT NEVER SEEN ANYONE JUMP.... - somehow I detected gratification - it was not a moment of great jubilation for this novice though - needless to say, this dude became our automatic brother and friend for the rest of the evening via phenominal occurrence -

that was a night I will remember, so remember if you ever feel like you've "got it", make sure you are on ground level and have a nice day!
Reviewer: magicastles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2008
Subject: don't forget the first set
I like the other Charlie Miller board over this one, because it has the first set. The second set is even more intense when you listen to the first set's darkness, it just adds to all this...
I LOVE hearing stories of how scared people were! Oops, wrong day to trip out! Poor bastards! I couldn't imagine how it must of been for them. By the way I totally agree with the previous poster DO NOT TELL DL SECRETS HERE!! these Arista bastards are everywhere listening to everyone, your phone is tapped right now, their spying on us, damn it, this Dark Star is making me feel sick to my stomach...argh
Reviewer: osy420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2008
Subject: first Dark Star in 5000+ days
I was at this show,and no the boys werent dosed,tho Jerry was showing a good nod at times.
The second set was great and this was a two night run.When they broke into the Dark Star the place went nuts and u cant imagine where the venue u were because u wondered if your car was gonna be jacked by the time you got outside again.
The place was totally dosed,at least we were and having toured and seen many a dead show this was an impressive one when last Dark Star i saw was in the early 70's........sick ass show.......
Reviewer: jef926 - - November 21, 2008
Subject: careful...
brotheresau1, i know there are ways to DL these SBD shows but i don't think it's wise to post instructions out in the open. This could endanger the permanence of this awesome resource for us all. Remember all the uproar when they pulled the boards the first time? You can always contact an individual and give them instructions in a personal email. I don't agree with the policy of "streaming-only SBDs either but i don't want to endanger ahving them pulled completely again.
Reviewer: SeaClasper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2008
Subject: Awesome!
Wow - there must have been quite a few people at this show who's minds started to go seriously awry during the Dark Star, and I don't think Drums into Space helped either! What an awesome segment, I wish i could download this. And the sound quality kicks ass. Anyone who is a fan of spacy/scary Dead should give this a listen.
Reviewer: Brother Esau1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2008
Reviewer: ChadGarland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2008
Subject: How do I download this?
How do I download this amazing show? PLEASE HELP! The Dark Star is sensational!
Reviewer: MaLaCoiD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2008
Subject: Use headphones
As soon as the show started, I noticed the great stereo in this recording. And then the midi horns during Blown Away perked up my ears. Great job!
Reviewer: skullsnroses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2008
Subject: first set a 3
The second set is better then the first... only based on the superb song selection. The Dark Star really stalls out beautifully in a long gone quadrant of the sonic spectrum... cool beans. The last three tunes are really a fantastic set. I agree kinda odd, but they stand alone in a stirring sense of ONness. Gotta love Brent on We Bid you...
Reviewer: Flyerguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2008
Subject: Phenomenal Show
I stayed at my friend Dean's house in West Palm and for his hospitality I got him and his girl tickets to the second show and he and his girl didn't know what to think.........I, on the other hand, was excited from the opening Foolish Heart.....this show was absolute mastery........the Dark Star was beyond belief......I still remember the palm trees as I staggered out of the Miami Arena still stunned from the performance......
Reviewer: hillbillyoh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2008
Subject: deranged and powerful
Were they dosed the gills that night? It wouldn't surprise me. This is 1969 and 1989 collapsed and swirling into one.
Reviewer: indydarkstar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2008
Subject: meltdown
I thought I would spend today listening to shows from my birthday (10-26) and just got my mind melted down while listening to this totally sick ds>melt>drums.My dog even seemed to be on a full blown trip while this jammed(funny stuff...really)!It has been some time since I had a flashback moment but this one sure brings back the spirit of uncle john!Now if only I could find the first set......
Reviewer: Captan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2007
Subject: Samhain Gift
I had a copy of this on tape in the early 90s but never could find it again. I was reunited this evening with the past, the wheel has turned as I found this medicine again.

This is my favorite "dark star" and a very good "wheel" by the dead at a show in miami in 1989. the not fade away is also good, hell its all damn good, this particular "blow away" was a favorite of mine during grad school.

Turn it up LOUD during blow away and then get ready to enter the transitive nightfall of diamonds during an incredible dark star.

This show means a lot to me personally, I listened to it almost every day during my 4 months in Holland - a period of self reflection and healing in 1993. I listened to this show during my 6 mile bike ride near the German border every morning and back home in the late evening after a visit to the shop.

bright blessings, may the Lord and Lady light your path

Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2007
Subject: Note To Jammin: ...Jam In Ears, etc, Part II
This is in response to JamminJerome's review.

An earlier, previous reviewer stated that the recording, remaster, or subsequent presentation of this fine Second Set, is not quite as good as the the First Set on the Archives, both DSBD's remastered by one Charlie Miller. That reviewer had an accurate appraisal. The sound is not as hot on this Second Set. Yet, it is still plenty wonderful enough, or, it is enough of wonderful ~ both sound and performance. An added plus is that there are none of the ticks and drop-outs of the First Set.

This recording has some inherent distortion which cuts the overall attack of the sound and tends to muffle the vocals. This is very prominently exhibited on Blow Away. You can hear the muffled sound which makes for a certain lack of spectral definition. I say it was inherent because it was a problem that Miller could not correct, or augment, and the signal wasn't bold enough to boost or try to color.

But hey, it still sounds great and the boys are playing very well. With that combination, how can we lose?

So, what should we I do? After the jam into Dark, Grab your volume control and turn it up REALLY LOUD, and voila! the distortion will not be so onerous. If you wanted to nitpick you could say that yes, the distortion was still there, but c'est la vie! This is a fabulous recording and a stellar remastering of an outstanding night in the lore of Grateful Dead concerts.

Can't imagine how anyone could consider this to be a "dark" Dark. All Darks are dark. They are also light, and colored, and grey, and black, and everything in between. It's like, with Dark Star there is no wrong note, or wrong sound, or wrong feel, or wrong or dark or clear, or cloudy. With Dark it all just comes and goes as it wishes, without compulsion. I don't know, maybe they had all learned at break that there weren't going to be "gift bags" waiting back for them in their 5-star hotel suites.

Geez. Get it, life is dark sometimes.

The spacey blackness of Dark brings about a vigorous drums and space>Jam>Wheel>Watchtower and thereby preps the listener's ears for the deliciously air blown filagree which is Stella ~ A masterpiece of sculptured pink and hazy cotton candy ~ spun and blown into a thousand aspects! And within each strand the prismatic spectrum; evidence of a sixth-dimensional existence.

NFA and Bid You Goodnight are rather anti-climactic after such a stunningly dazzling performance.

BTW, I have noticed you can't go wrong with a Charlie Miller.

Enjoy. Peace. Out.

p.s. I love you, JamminJerome.

But, I would only kindly suggest that you come down from off of Pluto, Mssr. Jammin.'
Reviewer: BahHumbug - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2007
Subject: Best of the year
This show absolutely smokes. Awesome 'Dark Star' - just dripping with mindfuckery. Jerry's voice sounds a little ragged, but man, there's what? only six lines in the whole song?
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavorite - September 14, 2007
Subject: overrated!
5 stars? What? Okay, maybe you like the darker side of the dead, which comes out clear. Jerry sounds like a zombie, and this Dark Star is terrible. I tend to like fall 89, but this show is a clunker. The only bright spot to me was the closing "And We Bid You Goodnight," which was a pleasant surprise ending to an otherwise lackluster performance.
Reviewer: YukonCorneilious - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2007
Subject: No wonder I'm a Dead Head!
This was my first show! When my buddy & I arrived, they were charging to park in the lot so we pulled the white '71 camaro over to the railroad tracks. Some of the locals were trying to charge 5 bucks to park there but we weren't buying it. For some reason, we thought the rails weren't still used. Feeling crafty for parking for free, we headed for the drum circle under the banion tree. A couple doses later we were jamming away when we hear a really loud train whistle. About 30 seconds goes by & we hear it again but this time the engineer held it for a long time. This time people start cheering & looking towards the train. Then it hit me...THE CAR! I ran so fast & sure enough, the camaro was blocking the tracks & the engineer was going slow enough that he saw it & stopped. When I got there he had a big grin on his face & made some joke about scrap metal...This all happened on the first day. We showed up with no tix but had a little cash for 1 show each. At one point we were hanging around the box office when someone in the crowd mentioned they had a few surprise tix for sale(They were sold out if I remember correctly). We rushed up to the window & scored two tix for the next night...7th row on the floor!!! So the next night comes & I don't know what to expect seeing that I only knew two songs...Truckin & Fire. It was the craziest 3 hours of my life! My head is still whirling around that Dark Star! At one point, Micky & Billy were striking the ground with there sticks & It sounded like stars were exploding! I'm still trying to figure it out! After the show we went back home where I quit my job & have been on the road every since. I LOVE MY CRAZY LIFE!!! Thanks for the inspiration Jerry,Bobby,Phil,Brent,Billy,&Micky! & thanks Allen for turning me on to the madness!!! We had some great runs......indianrockman@yahoo
Reviewer: tommorgan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2007
Subject: Feedback
I was there, a very intense night
I really like the way the feedback and howling from Watchtower is all over this super sweet desolate Stella
Reviewer: Jdash72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2006
Subject: Classic 89
I love this second set. Since I first got to lay ears on this show, everyone in the community agreed about the quality of the Dark Star. Easily the best jammed in to verse one of any modern version. Who could expect less of Miami Dead 89? The reason I'm writing this review is the STELLA. This has the most etheral, spiritual ending jam. True Grateful Dead at it's finest!!!!
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2006
Subject: Someone please put up a good audience of this!
... so I can download it and listen to it on my REAL stereo. This is hotness!! I don't know about scary; scary is seeing the red and blues behind you when you're driving; scary is having a gun pointed at you as I did one night in Chicago (by a robber, not a cop). But I can see how a real square who's lived a sheltered life could be really bothered by this music. It would have freaked my dad out. It freaks me out, but I LIKE getting freaked out this way! Some of the noise effects in the jam out of Dark Star made me scream with delight. Definitely up there with 7/12/90 and 9/20/90 and better than 12/31/90 - which is saying something.
Reviewer: Enlightened Deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2006
Subject: Dark Star : skeleton of the entire world
If you want to take a journey into your psyche and see what associations lie in wait - fear not for the whole world is in this one Dark static, racquetball courts, time-machines, medieval torture, insect communication, funeral horns of new orleans, buddhist scripture, worldbeat, witches incantations, ice-ages, wars, raga, muzak, volcanoes, black holes, peruvian indigenous sounds, crawling, creeping, gliding, seething ends, beginnings, and tight rope walking over some huge abyss.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2006
Subject: The big 5 modern day Dark Stars
Reviewer: Homebody - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2005
Subject: Fav. Show!
I will always hold this show dear to me. This is the night that I truly found myself along with some of my dearest friends.
Reviewer: roadweiry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2005
Subject: Powerful Dead
I have listend to Hours and Hours of Dead on this site and have never had the urge to write a review. Well this gave me the urge to sign up just to write a review.

This is off the hook. This is Dark powerful freak the dogs out slap your grandma kinda powerful music. The dark star is off the hook. Anyone who wants HARDCORE Grateful Dead look no further. I would love to talk to anyone who was at this show. Unreal
Reviewer: caspersvapors - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2005
Subject: truly the Grateful Dead
it seems as if the guys actually fully embody the "Grateful Dead" in this show. I kinda wish there was more edginess to some of their other shows. This All Along the Watchtower blows me away, and of course the Dark Star. And I agree, Jerry didnt tease this time, he put out
Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2005
Subject: Deep Space Dead
This is some of the heaviest darkest music the Dead ever performed. Not for the faint of heart. There is a great review of this show in the Compendium, but in sum, although the weirdness starts in set 1 with an evil Victim, when Healy starts shooting Weir's voice through the box during Estimated, it's on. Brent denies us a truly warped Blow Away rap ala 7/7/89 but the sickness and sonic destruction otherwise known as the last East Coast Dark Star of the 80s takes this show to a whole other place. The back side of the second set shows a band clearly spent by the activities as they limp through perfunctory versions of Stella and NFA. The Bid You Goodnight encore is somewhat curious in light of the darkness of the show.

A nice companion piece to the upbeat 10/16 NOD release. The recording is top notch, the show is just off the chain.

Highly Recommended
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2005
Subject: too bad...
This is not the best show of '89...but I'm not here to 'boge' anybody's high either. It's just too bad that this source does not deliver the same stellar quality that you hear when listening to the first four stars. Blow Away rivals 7/7... Most likely the best late model Dark Star played.

But I'm splitting hairs...this is some sick shiot!
Reviewer: slc129 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: great show
I went to both of these shows. 5th row 1st night. Front row 2nd night. They were the shows that had power to be life changing. A true experience. If you were there, you know what I mean.
Reviewer: soundtribe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2005
Subject: why isn't this a dicks picks
all the stuff dicks picks releases are puffballs. this is pull your hair out running screaming out the door music. every time i have to defend the dead aginst puffballness i give them this tape. they either tell me they 'rarely' played this good, as if to write it off, or they shake their head and say 'i never knew'... most nights jerry was the biggest tease in the world. i wasn't there but i know he spooged on the walls that nite. no teasing here, i'm just gonna screw you into tomorrow, and have you talk to your dead grandmother while i'm at it. only when branford marsalis played with them did i ever hear things get really out of hand like this. they should make a box set of all the branford/dead shows, i'd buy that shit so fast make your head spin. why isn't this miami show a dicks picks.... makes you wanna bang your head against a wall.
Reviewer: doo_dah_,man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2005
Subject: Evil Dead
I was dosed outta my mind but to hear this 2nd set was a grateful treat.At the tail end of a killer Fall Tour this was the icing on the cake so to speak, this 2nd set was a monster, the Estimated to kick things off was a real surprise and the Dark Star was really DARK and scary!!!! this is an evil GD playing evil muisc which they were capable of doing from time to time. All I know is I wound up in Key West the next day still tripping my balls off and swiming with dolphins..ahhh those were the days!
Reviewer: blowaway1988 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2005
Subject: set 1
Does anyone know where I can download set 1? The 2nd set is downright awesome!!!
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2005
Subject: 2000th Grateful Dead Show
in answer to brainbeats review, I was at both shows and during the late night news after the first, they did say that the show on the 26th was the Grateful Dead's 2000th show. It was an awesome show, an incredible Dark Star. A must own show for everyone.
Reviewer: Uffel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2004
Subject: Dark Star!!!
This Dark Star has become my favourite Dark Star, alongside Cleveland 12-6-73 and Veneta 8-27-72. I haven't heard anything as intense and frightening anywhere, and I spent a lot of time listening to music. OUT OF THIS WORLD! A big thanks to everybody who made this collection on the Archive possible.
Reviewer: brainbeat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2004
Subject: Lovely
My third show.
I had to leave during space. I went to the bathroom to rinse my face in the sink and the water started crawling up the walls to the ceiling and back down to the floor. I knew a head who used to be a roadie for the dead and he pointed out Owsley to me - in crazy mask and with some mountain man type walking stick (he had on the 'owsley-dead-bronze' belt buckle that is infamous). There were quite a few costumes around it being near halloween.

Anyway this show was completely sick. This is what convinced me to tour as much as I could until I finally quit in Oct. '94. Download this now you wont regret it. I will never forget this show.
(PS - not confirmed but I beleive this is the 2000th dead show)[?]
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2004
Subject: Evil
I was at this show and it was extremely edgy. We watched many a pastel colored yuppie suck down frozen mixed drinks, oblivious to the seriousness of the first set. By the time Drums was hitting us, these poor folks were literally crawling up the aisles, covered in their own sick, trying to get out of the cauldron. A bizarre sight, but I am sure if had been partaking of anything psychoactive that night, I would have been right down there with them.

Gives new meaning to the phrase "killer show"!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2004
Subject: Trippy
Great show but agree the mix is a little harsh at points and have heard other shows musically which shine a bit more. That said a really nice stella - like many of the shows from this period gave you a whiff of greatness but relied more on gimmicks and novelty than genuine musical ingenuity as they did much more in years before.
Reviewer: spacin007 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2004
Subject: Yeah....the best Dark Star
At this show...legend has it a bunch of pranksters were as well...
The goofy cage match parking lot was hectic.
The aids warnings about hookers scrawled on the sidewalk all over had me daydreaming about death anyway...then the show.
Man...the night before had me dosed on shrooms, and I had eaten some bunk acid during this show....but the DARK STAR! We knew a full 2 minutes before Jerry played the triad....My buddy and I smoked up...and.....whew. Dark Star at long last! 15 minutes, then fifteen more of space...

It was like watching aliens land in your backyard....
Reviewer: deadtothecore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2004
Subject: MIDI power
sick.......just sick. What a performance. And great quality recording.
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: listen to bonk
can't agree more. there is an undertow here that could have pulled the faint of heart out to sea. don't know, wasn't there. but bonk is right. the first time i heard this tape, my sister was turning me on, and she said, "i like it, but it's kinda scary." well, i'm all about that, when done well. talk about a diamond in the rough! THANKS TO ARCHIVE AND AIZEN!!!!!!!
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2004
THIS WAS THE SCARIEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN THE DEAD PLAY.Every song in the first set is about death and destruction.Aside form the opener,"foolish",the Death theme was there.You could feel the boys sucking you in.You had no choice.I remember people franticly leaving.The dead were freaking people out.Even during the show when most people dont think too much about the set,I was well aware of what was going on.ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THIS IS THE BEST SHOW OF 1989!!!!DOWNLOAD IT!!!!
Reviewer: stober - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2004
Subject: Great show
Great show but the mix in the sound board recording is strong in the vocals and jerrys guitar is not that loud
Reviewer: jerryme - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2004
Subject: blow(me)away
This was definitely a great show. I can't believe no one has mentioned the amazing version of "blow away"!!! Brent sounded like a maniac at the end and was getting the crowd and himself PUMPED! The night before was my first dead show(please someone post it!!!!! LONG LIVE THE ARCHIVE!!!
Reviewer: NoOneButJerry28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2004
Subject: 2000th show
When at the show, it was rumored to be their 2000th live performance for the band. It was another wild, south florida time near the arena. A crossover neighborhood, the lot was crazy and uncontained, bleeding into the show enough such that it was cops galore afterwards. But no bad reports, just lots of nitrous and closure for the pagan masses. Did anyone else go to the Rascal House once away from the show? Mmmm...matzoh ball soup at 1am was kryptonically satisfying.
Reviewer: rprice23 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: MIDI NFA!
That tone Garcia gets during Not Fade is just unreal. Some of the best MIDI-guitar I have ever heard. The rest of this show is tremendous, not just the monumental Dark Star. Tied with 9/18/87 for my favorite show of the late 80s.

BTW, ever since I found this wonderful website I have been a much happier camper at work ; ) Much Thanks!
Reviewer: bubba z - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Awsome Dark Star!!
I used to have this on tape. This Dark Star sounds like the inside of an electronic pinball machine. Very good Estimated Prophet also. If my memory serves me correctly, I think parts of this Dark Star made it onto Infrared Roses. Highly Recomended.
Reviewer: eric_from_utica_n.y. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: First Darkstar
I first heard this Star back in 92 on the GDH when I was living in North Tonawanda, N.Y., I taped it at the time and must've listened to it hundreds of times. I haven't listened to it from here yet, but when I looked at the recent reviews I couldn't beleive my eyes. It is my fave Darkstar, along w/ the 69 stuff,It will bring back many memories, I'm sure. The MIDI was in full effect after verse 1, and Phil was waaaay low in his frequency, mustv'e been 10 Hz, easily. Anyway, thanks Archive for putting these ehows up and giving people like me an opportunity to voice our opinions, it's totally appreciated. I have cancer and music is a source of joy and inspiration, seeing how I can't get out of the house much. You guys are great, keep it up. -eric
Reviewer: qubikino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: Here it is folks...
Ever since those first few years went up on the archive I've been waiting for 89 just to listen to this Dark Star. This is really the shit: the perfect example of the Dead's later period style of playing put into perfect effect. Same x factor, but with an really dense sound. This music will freak out your house pets.
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